I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English swilc; akin to Old High German sulīh such, Old English swā so, gelīk like — more at so, like Date: before 12th century 1. a. of a kind or character to be indicated or suggested <
a bag such as a doctor carries
b. having a quality to a degree to be indicated <
his excitement was such that he shouted
2. of the character, quality, or extent previously indicated or implied <
in the past few years many such women have shifted to full-time jobs
3. of so extreme a degree or quality <
never heard such a hubbub
4. of the same class, type, or sort <
other such clinics throughout the state
5. not specified II. pronoun Date: before 12th century 1. such a person or thing 2. someone or something stated, implied, or exemplified <
such was the result
3. someone or something similar ; similar persons or things <
tin and glass and such
Usage: For reasons that are hard to understand, commentators on usage disapprove of such used as a pronoun. Dictionaries, however, recognize it as standard; all of the citations upon which our definitions of this word are based are clearly standard. III. adverb Date: before 12th century 1. a. to such a degree ; so <
such tall buildings
such a fine person
b. very, especially <
hasn't been in such good spirits lately
2. in such a way <
related such that each excludes the other

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Such — Such, a. [OE. such, sich, sech, sik, swich, swilch, swulch, swilc, swulc, AS. swelc, swilc, swylc; akin to OFries. selik, D. zulk, OS. sulic, OHG. sulih, solih, G. solch, Icel. sl[=i]kr, OSw. salik, Sw. slik, Dan. slig, Goth. swaleiks; originally …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • such — W1S1 [sʌtʃ] determiner, predeterminer, pron [: Old English; Origin: swilc] 1.) of the same kind as the thing or person which has already been mentioned ▪ Such behavior is just not acceptable in this school. ▪ The rules make it quite clear what… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • such — [ sʌtʃ ] function word *** Such can be used in the following ways: as a predeterminer (followed by a or an and a singular noun): She s such an intelligent woman. It was such a shame that you couldn t be with us. as a determiner (followed by a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • such — /such/, adj. 1. of the kind, character, degree, extent, etc., of that or those indicated or implied: Such a man is dangerous. 2. of that particular kind or character: The food, such as it was, was plentiful. 3. like or similar: tea, coffee, and… …   Universalium

  • such — 1. such as an emphasizer. • How can the House express its indignant rejection of football hooliganism while setting such a persuasive example of undignified and daily indiscipline? Guardian Weekly, 1986. The construction with such a followed by… …   Modern English usage

  • such — [such] adj. [ME suche < OE swilc, swelc, akin to Ger solch, Goth swaleiks < PGmc * swalika : for components see SO1 & LIKE1] 1. a) of the kind mentioned or implied [a man such as his father] b) of the same or a sim …   English World dictionary

  • such — ► DETERMINER , PREDETERMINER , & PRONOUN 1) of the type previously mentioned. 2) (such as/that) of the type about to be mentioned. 3) to so high a degree; so great. ● as such Cf. ↑as such ● …   English terms dictionary

  • Such — may refer to:* Bob Such (fl. 1990s), Australian politician * Alec John Such (born 1956), American musician * Peter Such (born 1964), English cricketerSee also: * Screaming Lord Sutch (1940 1999), British musician …   Wikipedia

  • Such — ist der Name folgender Personen: Alec John Such (* 1956), ehemaliger E Bassist der Rockband Bon Jovi George Such (1798–1879), britischer Vogelkundler Manfred Such (* 1942), deutscher Politiker Diese Seite ist eine Begriffskläru …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • such — [adv/pron] aforementioned, specific aforesaid, akin, alike, analogous, comparable, corresponding, equivalent, like, parallel, said, similar, such a one, such a person, such a thing, suchlike, that, the like, this; concept 557 …   New thesaurus

  • such — O.E. swylc, swilc from a P.Gmc. compound *swalikaz so formed (Cf. O.S. sulik, O.N. slikr, O.Fris. selik, M.Du. selc, Du. zulk, O.H.G. sulih, Ger. solch, Goth. swaleiks), from swa so (see SO (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

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